PROS AND CONS OF MANDATORY CONTINUING NURSING EDUCATIONGRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY04/21/2019RHONDA M KENNEDY, DAWN M ROJAS, ALEXANDREA M WAYTES
INTRODUCTIONNurses think of continuing education more as meeting licensure requirements rather than learning new information and skill training. Nursing CEUs can often feel like a burden and professional obligation to get out of the way. Let’s take a closer look at some of the pros and cons associated with CEUs and how they could benefit the professional nurse.
COMPETENCY•Competency is defined as ongoing ability of a nurse to integrate knowledge and understanding, skills, judgement, and individual qualities to safe practice and ethically in an assigned role and setting in accordance within the scope of nursing practice. (American Nurses Association,2010)
IMPACT ON COMPETENCYPROSStay up to dateAccumulate knowledgeRefine our nursing practiceImprove patient care
IMPACT ON COMPETENCYCONSTime consuming CostlyState Requirements
CE IMPACT ON KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDESPROSINCREASED KNOWLEDGE SKILLSCAREER ADVANCEMENTPROFESSIONAL COMPETENCY/GROWTH (NALLE, WYATT, & MYERS, 2010)
CE IMPACT ON KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDESCONS•Program costsProgram•Time away from workTime away•Lack of funding/travel costs Lack
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONPROSPersonal achievementJob satisfactionValidation of knowledgeChallengeGreater earning potentialCommitment to professionalism
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONCONS•Time consuming•Fear of exam failure•Lack of practice relevance•Lack of recognition •Lack of institutional support•Testing & maintenance cost
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